South America Unit Study

We did another group unit study in April with our Friday Park Day friends, except this time we focused on South America.  We had intended to have the kids each do a presentation on an animal from South America, but that idea fizzled out.

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At home, aside from the group, we read several stories relating to the South American Rain-forest and the animals of South America…and chocolate!

We found South America on our map…

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and on our globe…

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and in our “passport books”…

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(Logan wasn’t feeling great this day.)

Raphael and the boys worked on a Koala Crate which showed up this month, that was themed all about the Rain-forest!

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They made a monarch butterfly out of felt, a musical rain stick, and a tree canopy game.

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We went with two of our Nanas and my sister and her boys to see The Jungle Book movie at the theater…

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With the group, we spent a day doing field trips!  Since cocoa trees grow in the rainforest, I had the idea of doing some stuff that focused on chocolate.  There is a candy factory about 45 minutes away that gives tours, so I scheduled a tour for all of us.  To make the drive even more worth our time, one of the other moms in the group coordinated with her sister, Kim, to meet us at a park near to the candy factory and bring some of her exotic animals for us to look at and learn about!

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She brought a tarantula…

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an iguana…

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a boa constrictor!…

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and a wolf/dog (that was 80% wolf)…

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Even though the wolf/dog had absolutely nothing to do with the rain-forest, she was the animal that we were all the most amazed with, I think!

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She doesn’t eat dog-food, and eats mostly raw meat.  Miss Kim fed her a huge raw piece of chicken, and the wolf/dog ate the entire thing in less than a minute, crunching the bones up like potato chips!

It was very fun and Miss Kim taught us lots of interesting things about her animals.

After a while, though, it was time to head to the candy factory for our tour appointment…

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This is Mr. Cerreta…he is the owner of the company, which he founded over 40 years ago.  His adult children and some of their spouses now help run the factory.

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I let each boy pick out one candy from the store before we left…

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A fun, busy day.  A fun unit study!

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